A Few Brief Notes, 3/18

--Massachusetts rates high on the "Well-Being Index" (don't ask me to explain it), but the breakdown by congressional district suggests that the eastern part of the state is being weller (or whatever) than the west. Best in the state? CD-6, under the loving oversight of John Tierney. His district ranks 26th out of all 435 in the country. Barney Frank's CD-4 is close behind, followed by Delahunt's CD-10, Tsongas's CD-7, and Markey's CD-5, all in the top 20 percent nationally, and then a tie between Capuano's CD-8 and Lynch's CD-9. Further west, less well-being.

--Chuck Turner sent a message out to his supporters saying that he will run for two more terms as district councilor, but no more; he hinted at the possibility of a bid for some other office "in 2012," which is not a city election year. (Chuck for President?) Turner also addresses the "desire of some for a younger leadership," pointing out that he understands because when he was young he, too, thought he had all the answers. Oh, and he insists that his prosecution for extortion and conspiracy will not be a distraction from campaigning.

--Worcester Magazine's "Best Of" readers poll is asking for best state representative and best state senator. I think I'd make Rep. Binienda and Sen. Chandler the favorites if I was making book on it. Anyone else have a prediction?

--Governor Patrick's office was fully staffed yesterday, attending to the people's business, unlike the rest of the statehouse. Does the administration have no appreciation of Evacuation Day? Unpatriotic Loyalists!


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